Tuesday, March 6, 2012

3/6 Sushi, sonar tests, toxic kids, BP safety, Gulf drilling, Outer Banks

The Story of Sushi
Cliff Mass exclaims: Double Convergence Zone and Snow Hits the Area!

If you like to watch: The Story of Sushi

Tour boat captains Carl Williams and Michael Colahan were preparing for the arrival of California Gray Whales last week when they heard a very loud and persistent noise. "Definitely the first round was just a full on ping," said Williams, who said it went on for hours and then began again a few days later.  They weren't the only ones hearing it. Washington State Ferry officials confirm workers on a Clinton to Mukilteo run also heard it and complained. The Navy has confirmed it was conducting pier side sonar testing at the Everett Naval Station. People report hearing Navy sonar tests near Everett

A bill to ban a pair of potentially carcinogenic flame-retardant chemicals from children's products has died in the Washington state House amid budget intrigue in the Senate. Supporters of the bill in both chambers expressed optimism Saturday that it would be revived in the likely event that the governor calls a special session to resolve the budget debate. Bill to ban 2 potential carcinogens from kids' products dies in House

Activist Fred Felleman writes: “Ever since BP’s massive Earth Day oil spill almost two years ago, I have been encouraging reporters to turn their attention to the operations of their Cherry Point refinery near Bellingham without success. Even after the refinery fire in the middle of February, which fortunately had little human or ecological toll, the biggest question was the impact on gas prices (as a Seattle Times report highlighted), not the bigger matter: What is it about this company that makes it so accident prone?” BP's Cherry Point operations: More than a fire investigation is needed

Meanwhile, nearly two years after an explosion on an oil platform killed 11 workers and sent millions of gallons of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, deepwater drilling has regained momentum in the gulf and is spreading around the world. Deepwater Oil Drilling Picks Up Again as BP Disaster Fades

After weathering the storm of the recession for five years, the Skagit County yachting industry is finally seeing signs of calmer economic waters. New construction has recently picked up among yacht manufacturers in the county and marinas are starting to see the payoffs of offering improved services and incentives. Used boat brokers have seen sales increase in the last few months, as well. Riding the winds of change

When Nature speaks: By some estimates, at least 70 percent of the ocean coastline of the lower 48 states is threatened by erosion. In 2009, a federal report on erosion in the Middle Atlantic states predicted that if the sea level rises two feet this century — an estimate that many experts call optimistic — “it is likely that some barrier islands in this region will cross a threshold” and begin to break up.  A North Carolina Lifeline Built on Shifting Sands

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PST TUE MAR 6 2012
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST THIS MORNING
TODAY
NW WIND 20 TO 25 KT...EASING TO 10 TO 20 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 3 TO 4 FT...SUBSIDING TO 1 TO 3 FT IN THE
 AFTERNOON. W SWELL 9 FT AT 11 SECONDS.
TONIGHT
W WIND 10 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 2 FT. W SWELL 7 FT AT 10 SECONDS.
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